Monthly Archives: May 2018

Julian Vasquez Heilig: One More Study on Vouchers, and They Still Don’t Work

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Julian Vasquez Heilig reports on the latest study of vouchers in D.C., which showed that students who used vouchers lost ground in math compared to their peers who did not. This time with…

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Marc Tucker: Why Charter Management Organizations Are Not a Model for the Nation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Marc Tucker recently wrote a post in which he responded to a question from Mike Petrilli of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Mike asked why Marc didn’t look at charter management organizations…

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Valerie Strauss: What DeVos Could Not or Would Not Say at Her Latest Congressional Hearing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Our faithful reader Charles asked me a few days ago why I had written nothing about Betsy DeVos’ appearance before Congress. I confess I have a very difficult time watching her testify because…

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Peter Greene on the Difference Between Public Schools and Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Some state laws describe charter schools as “public charter schools.” ALEC model legislation describes charter schools as “public charter schools.” But calling them so doesn’t make them so. You can call a horse…

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DeVos Seems Unaware of Supreme Court’s Protection of Undocumented Students’ Right to Public Education

Originally posted on janresseger:
The 1982, U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe established 14th Amendment protection of the right to primary and secondary education for children of undocumented immigrants.  Writing for the majority, Justice William Brennan renounced those…

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Skeptic or Cynic? An Interview

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Two years ago, I had just begun research on The Flight of a Butterfly or the Path of a Bullet?: Using Technology To Transform Teaching and Learning (2018). Mary…

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NOLA’s Cypress Academy Charter School Rescued by (Wait for It) Local School Board

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On May 22, 2018, I wrote a post entitled, “The Walmart-ization of Charter Schools: Goodbye, Little Fish,” about a small New Orleans charter school, Cypress Academy, that caught its parents completely off guard by announcing during…

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School Vouchers and Runaway EdTech Pave the Way for the Destruction of the Very Concept of School

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? School is where you learn to learn. ? A teacher with an advanced degree and decades of experience devotes her time to figuring out what helps you comprehend the world around you. ? And, if…

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FairTest: Testing News of the Week

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The growing impact of the assessment reform movement is clear in this week’s clips, many of which reflect a critical perspective on test overuse and misuse. This fall’s elections will play a major…

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Oklahoma: What It is Like to Teach in an Underfunded School

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Melissa Smith is a teacher at US Grant High School in Oklahoma City and a member of the AFT. She writes here about the effect of dramatic budget cuts on her school. Unless…

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